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A Little Accomplishment(15 posts)

A Little AccomplishmentStill Hoping
Nov 25, 2001 8:41 AM
I guess I've always been a nerd. I've been unathletic all my life, and even though I've tried weightlifting and running, I've never made any progress. So now I'm 50, a skinny 5'10 and 150 lb, and wondering if it's too late for any kind of physical accomplishment.
My brother's a road cyclist who does about 5,000 miles a year, and he gave me a Mongoose road bike about six weeks ago. It's titanium, and has Shimano 105 components. Anyway, I've been taking it out and riding about 5 or 7 miles three or four times a week. This morning, though, I rode 25 miles without stopping at an average speed of 16.3 mph! I know that's nothing for most of you guys, but you have no idea how it feels to me to have done that!
So thanks for listening. This has been a little victory for me, and I'm hoping that it will be the beginning of many more.
re: A Little Accomplishmenttr
Nov 25, 2001 8:51 AM
Sounds good and also sounds like a 5 to 7 mile ride is to short for your interest level now. Riding a bike can be very fun and healthy also. Keep it up, you will reap benefits in more than one way (mentally and physically).
"Little Accomplishment' my fanny...Greg Taylor
Nov 25, 2001 9:12 AM
...great job. Fun, isn't it? Sure as heck beats golf. As as far as finding a place to achieve a physical "accomplishment", you've probably found your sport. Keep it up, and you will be riding centuries, etc.
re: give your brother a hug...Akirasho
Nov 25, 2001 11:02 AM
I know I've said this before... but to paraphrase a bit... the longest journey starts with the first pedalstroke.

While the distances and speeds of many on this forum are impressive... and indeed intimidating... we all began or will begin from that same pedalstroke, regardless of the age we start, or our physical condition.

My shakey return to cycling was in '92... and my first ride was a bit over 2 miles... OUCH! It took me a year to get up to a 15 mph average for a 15 mile trip!

Continued success and hoping that you stick with it... the accomplishment is in the endeavour... meeting your own potential and not that of an ideal cyclist. And remember, any "large" victory requires every "little" victory along the way... they're all important.


We abide.

Remain In Light.
oh barf!nm
Nov 25, 2001 11:42 AM
re: give your brother a hug...koala
Nov 25, 2001 6:49 PM
Some of us appreciate your uplifting posts Akirasho. Thanks.
re: give your brother a hug...grzy
Nov 26, 2001 12:55 PM
Yeah, it's like going to church without having to get dressed up. ;-)
you wussy...(nm)Robme
Nov 26, 2001 1:20 PM
though most of us don't....BARRRRFFFF!!! (nm)Real Man
Nov 26, 2001 1:19 PM
Excellent AccomplishmentKristin
Nov 25, 2001 7:07 PM
You're doing very well! People seem to progress in cycling at different paces and I'd say that you're on the high end of the curve. I began riding this year after being fairly sedentary for 8 years and 50 lbs over weight. My first 22 mile rides were at 13-14MPH. Stick with it. You'll be amazed how quickly you pick up speed. This first year, you'll grow by leaps and bounds. After that your personal gains will decrease proportionatly as your fitness level increases. Don't be tempted to compare yourself to others and feel like a failure. Just enjoy this time! And pat yourself on teh back. You just did a life-style 180!
re: A Little Accomplishmentpedalpusher5
Nov 25, 2001 7:09 PM
Good for you. We all have to start somewhere.
re: A Little AccomplishmentJon
Nov 25, 2001 7:34 PM
Ditto to all the above. Given your history, that ride is absolutely respectable. You may have
found that when it comes to aerobic endurance sports you won't be such a nerd! Lance
Armstrong absolutely sucked at the standard American sports like football, etc., but hammered
everybody else when it came to endurance sports. Stay with it. You'll surprise yourself...and
probably a few other people too.
re: A Little Accomplishmentguido
Nov 26, 2001 12:42 PM
Double ditto. It definitely isn't too late to fall in love with, and excell in cycling. It's the perfect sport for nerds.

A former AV guy in h.s., the last picked in team selections during P.E., I am now getting my revenge on all these hot dogs who are now kicking off one by one with overweight and heart problems. Bicycling provides enough technology to gladden the heart of any nerd, dedicated to the cheap thrills of speed, while working the heart--and perfecting the pedal stroke!

I went your route to cycling through weightlifting and running. They're both perfect conditioners for cycling, as you found out. Over the years, I've met a growing number of people who have lived into their 90s because of the cardiovascular fitness they developed through steady, elevated heartrate exercises like skiing, hiking and bicycling.
Nov 26, 2001 12:47 PM
Sounds like you are hooked. Cycling is something that you can do forever. I'd bet you do a century within the next year. Just don't try to get there too fast.

Congrats....Len J
Nov 26, 2001 2:57 PM
and great start.

Set some goals for next year & you will be amazed what you can accomplish.

Just remember that this sport encourages cumulative endurance, the more you ride, the more you can ride. Just be careful that you don't ratchet your miles up too quick as you might then flirt with injury.

Impressive feat. And rmember, everyone peaks at a different point in life, maybe you are reaching yours just now.

Go for it